Graphic of Jeanne, with her signature pistols.
|Born|| January 6, 1412|
|Family||Umbran Elder - Mother, possibly|
|Hair Color||Platinum Blonde|
|Pact with||Madama Styx|
|Weapon(s)||All 4 One|
|Animal Forms||Lynx, Owl, Moth|
Jeanne is a French Umbra Witch and Bayonetta's former rival. It is revealed early on that Jeanne was heiress to the Umbra clan 500 years ago, and her rivalry with Bayonetta has apparently existed for as long. She appears to be on the side of the angels and converses with most of the four virtues. Jeanne must be defeated four times throughout the first game.
In the second game, Jeanne returns as an ally and friend to Bayonetta during her angel battles. During a demon summon gone wrong, her soul is dragged down to Inferno and Bayonetta's journey to Fimbulventr is to rescue her.
Compared to Bayonetta, Jeanne is far more serious and aggressive in personality. In the first game, she seems to enjoy both testing and taunting Bayonetta and has very little patience for the Laguna she works with, often killing them or abandoning them to their fate at Bayonetta's hands. She is always one step ahead of Bayonetta, knowing more about her own past than she does and taunting her for it. She is also rash, a trait she has apparently carried for years, as show in flashbacks to the past where she blatantly disregards Umbran law when challenging Bayonetta to combat.
Through Bayonetta's flashbacks, it is revealed that Jeanne was the one who stabbed her in the heart all those years ago, presumably leading to her being abandoned in a coffin at the bottom of a lake with few memories of her former self. However, in the end it is shown that she did it to protect both Bayonetta and the Left Eye and that it was a task she completed with great sadness. In fact, it is shown that she cares more about the Umbran legacy than her own life by one of her taunts. Her previous aggressive attitude to Bayonetta dissipates when she is freed from Balder's mind control and both her and Bayonetta maintain an air of friendly rivalry in their renewed friendship.
Jeanne is portrayed as a tall, slender, youthful looking woman with porcelain skin. Jeanne wears her signature body suit made by the clothing line "d'arc." It is red with a button design starting from the left side of her chest down to her right heel. The buttons open up, revealing a white layer underneath on the front of her right leg and on the back of her left leg. The suit has a rather large renaissance style collar that is worn similarly to a tie with her Umbran watch resting right in the center of her bust. She has black furry cuffs on her arms and she wears red open-toe heels revealing her perfectly manicured toes. Her glasses are red and feature a wing design followed by a few black feathers over her right ear.
Jeanne makes a reappearance in Bayonetta 2 with a makeover of her own. Her hair has grown to a very long length covering some of her face, and reaching well below her lower back. She wears a different style outfit as well, a new skin tight suit with angular shoulders and a vertical stripe design. Her watch is now near her left shoulder. The suit has black accent stripes near the shoulder seams that follow inward, going down the length of her body. The black stripes also go down her arms, one on each. Instead of the semi-wedges she wore, she now wears red thigh high boots and gloves, also sporting the stripe design. The glasses she had with the wing design are instead being replaced by sliver and orange goggles which appear to have a mask like design, as well as gold feather like earrings with red jewels. She retains the use of her All 4 One guns which now have what seem to be stuffed animals cats as the charms instead of feathers
As an Umbra Witch, Jeanne has the same abilities as Bayonetta, although she has more experience at using them despite having been repeatedly beaten by Bayonetta in combat (this is because she was testing her instead of trying to beat her until she reached Isla del Sol). She is signed into a pact with a moth-like demoness known as Madama Styx, her fists and feet appearing through Jeanne's Wicked Weaves. In The Broken Sky, Jeanne displayed telekinesis when she directed one of her bullets towards Bayonetta; when she did this her eyes turned red.
Jeanne's arsenal is vastly similar to Bayonetta's in terms of function, but they differ in what they are named, their color scheme, and the demons Rodin conjured and sealed within the weapons. Like Bayonetta, Jeanne can master a weapon once it is in her possession and has masterful skill in the bullet arts.
Jeanne met Bayonetta when they were children and, as she said, they used to play together. As time passed, Jeanne became the Umbra Clan heiress. In her final test to become the leader of the Clan, she was told by the Umbran Elder that she had to choose an opponent; she chose Bayonetta, which broke the Umbran laws. After the Elder mentioned this, Jeanne just said "It wasn't the first time we have faced each other." Some time after her defeat at Bayonetta's hands, the war between the Lumen Sages and the Umbra Witches started, in which Jeanne fought alongside Bayonetta. The war ended in the witches' favor, but the humans, fearful of their powers and instigated by Balder, started massive witch hunts that ended up killing almost all the witches. However, Jeanne and Bayonetta survived. Jeanne, fearful that the greatest Umbra treasure, the Left Eye, would fall in to the hands of the Lumen and the Laguna, sealed Bayonetta in a lake for 500 years.
In the present day, Balder had brainwashed Jeanne to work for the Lumen Sages, the counterbalance of the Umbra Witches. Despite having been an ally in the past, she is forced to both face Bayonetta and lead her to her "fate". Jeanne and Cereza, now known as Bayonetta, first meet each another again when a plane full of Laguna (summoned by the self-sacrifice of Vigridian noblemen, which Jeanne witnessed) falls into Bayonetta and Enzo's position. After a brief fight with her fellow witch, Jeanne leaves without saying a word. Some time afterward they meet each other in Vigrid, where she tells Bayonetta that she disappointed her. They fight again for Bayonetta's Umbran Watch, and after the fight Jeanne leaves, saying that Bayonetta is not ready yet.
They fight three more times after this encounter. The first takes place on the Umbran and Lumen holy grounds, where she is found speaking to the Cardinal Virtue Temperantia and showcases her Beast Within abilities. The next occurs in a plane from the Valkyrie Military transport, where she converses with the Cardinal Virtue Sapientia and taunts Bayonetta about her relationship with Cereza. This ends in her being knocked out by a wave as she pursues a Bayonetta going to search for Cereza. Bayonetta confronts Jeanne for the final time on Isla del Sol, where Jeanne activates the city security systems and seemingly kills both Luka and Cereza.
After talking about Bayonetta's fate as the Left Eye, they start an intense fight that ends up in one wall of a skyscraper of the island, after flying and fighting in rockets and other buildings that got collapsed. She also changes her normal clothes for a white version of Bayonetta's Umbran formal suit. After her final defeat, she comes to her senses. She tells Bayonetta that in the past they were not enemies at all, but friends, despite Bayonetta having been exiled and Jeanne having been the heir to the clan. Taking the gem from the Umbran Watch on Bayonetta's chest (which says "Jeanne and Cereza"), Jeanne reveals that it was not one of the Eyes of the World, but the last remaining piece of a seal she had placed on her in order to protect her 500 years ago. Jeanne tells her to "stand", and is then seemingly killed by two rockets that collide with the building.
In the final chapter, it is revealed that Jeanne did not die in the explosion of the building. Instead she used the red jewel that she used to seal Bayonetta centuries ago to protect herself from the impact and aldo break free from Balder's manipulation. When Bayonetta is awakened as the Left Eye and incapacitated by Balder, Jeanne rides to her rescue. When Balder mocks Jeanne regarding being disregarded for Bayonetta as the Left Eye, she responds that she doesn't care about the power and she is there to rescue her "Umbran sister".
When she pulls Bayonetta out of the statue's eye, she is apparently killed again by a shockwave from the statue, but returns in the end to help Bayonetta destroy Jubileus by using her hair in conjunction with Bayonetta's to summon Queen Sheba. After saving Bayonetta from an incoming rock, she ironically claims that "even after destroying that abomination, it is still is going to destroy the world" and that she is going to get her out of there even if it costs her own life, claiming that she is "one of a kind". After Bayonetta insists that they "both are one of a kind", they destroy Jubileus' body together and return to Earth.
At Bayonetta's funeral, Jeanne is disguised as a nun and praying to summon Laguna, just as Bayonetta did in the Prologue of the game. When the Laguna come down from Paradiso to claim Bayonetta's soul, Jeanne mimics the previous actions of her fellow witch further by proceeding to assault them. This is the signal for Bayonetta to rise from her coffin. Their friendship renewed, the two remaining Umbra Witches fight side by side against the Laguna in the graveyard.
In a bright city scape after the events of the first game, Jeanne accompanies Bayonetta flying a fighter jet through the city to help complete their daily obligation to their demonic contracts. After a rail bridge is destroyed, the witches meet up where Bayonetta asks is Jeanne has gotten everything. Here, Jeanne reveals that the pair of them were simply out shopping when this battle came about and claims they can pick up missing caviar if they finish it up quickly. The pair engage with Belief in a battle which ultimately leads Bayonetta to call upon Gomorrah to finish the angel off. However, the demon suddenly breaks free from his bonds and turns on his master. Jeanne notices this and quickly rushes to save Bayonetta and is hit in the process, knocking her soul from her body. As she laments that this isn't how things are supposed to end, Jeanne is then dragged down through a portal into Inferno. After dispatching Gomorrah, Bayonetta is seen holding Jeanne's lifeless body in her hands.
Bayonetta later learns that she can rescue Jeanne's soul by travelling to Inferno through the fabled gates found at the sacred mountain of Fimbulventr. She urges Jeanne to hang on as she travels to the mountain to rescue her friend.
In the first game, Jeanne is unlockable as a playable character. In order to unlock her, the game must be beaten on at least Normal Mode with Platinum scores on all chapters (excluding Angel Slayer/Rodin). She can also be unlocked for one million halos at the cheat phone stations. When Jeanne is playable, combat will be slightly different, though the story remains the same with Bayonetta's skin merely replaced by Jeanne's. Some differences in combat are:
- Wicked Weave attacks do x1.5 damage.
- Takes x1.5 damage from enemies.
- Can dodge non-stop.
- Dodging still provides invincibility frames, but does not produce magic or create a "slow down" effect when timed properly.
- Can only activate Witch Time using Moth Within, her version of Bayonetta's Bat Within, or by counter-attacking with the Moon of Mahaa-Kalaa equipped.
- Attacks used during Witch Time yield x2 combo points (vs. Bayonetta's x1.5 multiplier).
- She has her own voice (during gameplay, not cutscenes) and has a much more snooty and rude attitude than Bayonetta.
- Her Wicked Weaves are white and pink, not black and purple as Bayonetta's are. Infernal Demons summoned by Jeanne will appear much brighter in color.
Also, most weapons names and colors change for a version more akin to Jeanne's tastes:
|Bayonetta's Weapons||Jeanne's Weapons|
|Scarborough Fair||All 4 One|
|Onyx Roses||Garnet Roses|
|Lt. Col. Kilgore||Col. Slade|
|Pillow Talk||Bloody Moon|
|Sai Fung||Tang Lung|
- For more pictures and screenshots of Jeanne, click here.
Appearances in Other MediaEdit
- Most likely named for "Jeanne D'Arc," better known as Joan of Arc. Given the many historical witches mentioned in various Accessories, it is likely that she is the Joan of Arc.
- Jeanne's watch contains the numbers 141216. According to Mari Shimazaki, the character designer for Bayonetta, it represents the year/month/date of Jeanne's birthday, which means Jeanne's birthday is January 6, 1412.
- Interestingly, Joan of Arc also was born in the same year.
- January 6th of 2012 marks Jeanne's six hundredth birthday, eighteen days after Bayonetta.
- Jeanne's devil sponsor is the demoness "Madama Styx".
- As an Umbra Witch, Jeanne possesses many of the same powers as Bayonetta, including shapeshifting. Rather than Bayonetta's panther, crow, and bat forms, hers are lynx, owl, and moth.
- Jeanne typically wears a red leather jumpsuit with multiple buttons that keep it wrapped close to her body, as well as a black fuzzy collar and cuffs. Her apparel changes during the final battle with her, where she dons a white bodysuit shaped by her hair (much like Bayonetta's). A version of Jeanne's more usual wardrobe can be obtained with the Couture Bullet, D'Arc.
- The Couture Bullet available only to Jeanne, "Formal," suggests that Jeanne is a school teacher in her time off. This is supported by bonus concept art by Mari Shimazaki (which also reveals that Bayonetta is a nun in her time off, as seen outside the window).
- Jeanne's "Old" outfit is apparently the only known witch costume that does not sport a dark color scheme. This may be because of her status as the Clan heiress or just a demonstration of her rebellious personality.
- Though Jeanne wore her white "Formal" suit, her Beast Within still appears as she wears her default costume, D' Arc (which also true for Bayonetta, no matter what Couture Bullet she wear, her Beast Within appears like she wears her default suit).
- Like Cereza, Jeanne had a cat doll when she was a child. However, hers appears to have been professionally made, in contrast to Cereza's Cheshire, which seems to be homemade. This shows how differently Bayonetta and Jeanne were raised.
- It is possible that the Umbran Elder was Jeanne's mother, because clan leaders usually pass down their roles to children or close relatives. This is also evident through the fact that Jeanne was in training to be the next heir.
- It was made known by a interview in the Bayonetta Official Strategy Guide that Jeanne's method of entering Witch Time is a result of her always wanting push herself to her limits.
- When you are dressed like Cutie J and have Bloody Moon equipped, for the taunt, she says "Bring it" and makes the same pose of Viewtiful Joe's transformation.
- Despite not being the main character, technically Jeanne can be played in more levels than Bayonetta herself; she is both an unlockable playable character and one is forced to play as her at the beginning of the Epilogue.
- Jeanne's motorcycle is called "Angel Slayer" according to the fuel tank, and the license plate reads "U1 QTJ" (Cutie J). Kamiya states in his commentary developer commentary that the "U1" is for "Umbra #1," representing Jeanne's pride as an Umbra Witch.
- If the player play as Jeanne in Chapter Route 666, she hijacks an motorcycle instead of her Angel Slayer. This probably due to emergency state where there's no time to summon an motorcycle.
- Like Bayonetta, Jeanne enjoys lollipops. But unlike Bayonetta, Jeanne's lollipops are yellow in color.
- However, in the final cutscene of Epilogue, right after Bayonetta complain if her coffin needs some airholes, she seen ate an red lollipop (Bloody Rose lollipop) instead of yellow. This possibly to increase her powers to fight the Angels as an Beloved A also appears.
- When playing as Jeanne, sometimes the colors of the demons summoned do not match for example white hair will enter the ground, she will be covered with black swirls of hair, and a black demon will appear. It also worthy to note if on some chapters or fights, her Wicked Weaves was Madame Styx's limbs, but it comes out with black hairs.
- To further the parallel between the Bayonetta and Devil May Cry series, Jeanne's personality is similar to Vergil's, Dante's twin brother in DMC. Both are serious, power-driven and ruthless characters with the only exception that Jeanne cares deeply for Bayonetta and wishes to save her, while Vergil, despite caring for his brother, seeks only to gain power whatever the cost may be.
- She is a light haired, red-clothed rival that fights Bayonetta more than once and she can deflect her bullets with shots of her own and becomes playable later on and freeing Bayonetta from Jubileus, much like Dante in Devil May Cry 4.
- It is a running gag among fans that Jeanne is the lover of the character Vergil from Devil May Cry. Fans also often joke that she is the mother of Vergil's illegitimate son, Nero, or even Dante's sister.
- When the player is in the "out of body" state, the taunt is different and Jeanne will shout: "Go worthless!"
- When Jeanne falls out of the level she will lose some health, however if Jeanne falls having no health (just one more hit to die) she will not lose health which means that is impossible for Jeanne to die by falling (this is also true for Bayonetta).
- If she dies at any point in the Epilogue on her way to rescue Bayonetta, the continue screen of the game over will be empty.
- However, if this occurs at any chapters expect the Epilogue, it will appears normaly, with her body replaces Bayonetta's.
- She is voiced by Grey DeLisle. Voice actor in Bloody Fate, Mie Sonozaki.
- in an interview between Hideki Kamiya and the game site Silconera, Hideki stated he would like to make a Bayonetta spin off title staring Jeanne for the Nintendo 3DS.
- "What's the matter, Bayonetta? All that sleeping made you soft?"
- "Fancy bumping into you here. Out to find some answers about your past, are we?"
- "Two overseers...the Eyes of the World. They are the power behind everything."
- "Will you face me in this hallowed arena?"'
- "The only ones meddling are your hapless minions. This will be taken care of in the manner I see fit. Your assistance is not required."
- "I suppose coming here has given you a second wind. Feeling better, Bayonetta?"
- "You and I once fought for the jewel upon the crown of the Umbra throne. And now that you've returned, my sleeping beauty, it's time to finish that fight."
- "What's the matter, sweetie? Afraid of something, are you?"
- "No need to take out your stress on me, Bayonetta. It's clear you're worried for the girl."
- "My, aren't we attatched to out precious little one? Do you like it when she calls you "Mummy"?"
- "I am well aware of my task! But your have forgotten that I do not need your help!"
- "If you've made it this far, that should be enough. You're back to your old self. This is where we finish what was started so long ago."
- "Between us there was a law that was never to be broken. It stated that "The intersection of light and dark would being calamity to this earth". But 500 years ago, a child was born in clear violation of this tenet. That child was you."
- "The disaster this casued sent the clans into a spiral of chaos that continues to be felt to this day. You, the half-breed of light and dark, are at the center of that chaos. Allowing you to continue to exist is a danger than cannot be accepted".
- "When the Eyes of the World are within our grasp, the power of creation will be awakened. That is why the Left Eye, our treasured Left Eye, will never fall into the hands of another!"
- "The memories you've held for 500 years are the source of your fear. They cloud your vision. But now, you've accepted your fate. That is how you bested me. That is why you possess the most beloved of Umbran treasures. That is why you possess the Left Eye."
- "I will not stand for the wild ambition of a treacherous Lumen Sage who disrupted our age old balance. Your path ends here!"
- "In the innocence of our childhood, we used to play together, as friends. But as time passed, perhaps even my eyes were clouded with fear."
- "'Do not fear your fate. Stand, Cereza. Stand and open your eyes. For with every truth, there is another one to be seen."
- "I have no intentions of gazing upon the Left Eye. I am here to reclaim my Umbran sister!"
- "This looks ridiculous on me! I swear, this is the last time I cosplay."
- "Will you hurry up? Don't tell me you fell asleep in that thing again!"
- "Just had something I had to look into. Cereza, you haven't felt anything strange recently?"
- "Forgot the caviar. Think they're still open?"
- "No...This isn't how things end..."
- "You motherfucker!"
- "Such a disappointment."
- "Bitch, please!"
- "You bastard!"
- "I will die before I allow the Umbra to vanish from this world!"
Bayonetta (Gallery) • Jeanne (Gallery) • Zero • Enzo • Rodin (Gallery) • Luka • Cereza • Antonio Redgrave • Umbran Elder • Rosa • Father Balder • Jubileus the Creator
Loki • Masked Lumen • The Overseer
Handguns • Scarborough Fair • All 4 One • Onyx Roses • Shuraba • Kulshedra • Durga • Odette • Lt. Col. Kilgore • Sai Fung • Bazillions • Pillow Talk • Rodin
Love is Blue • Rakshasa • Alruna • Kafka • Chernabog • Undine
Affinity • Dear and Decorations • Enchant • Applaud • Ardor • Irenic • Beloved • Kinship • Fairness • Grace and Glory • Fearless • Harmony • Inspired • Braves • Gracious and Glorious • Joy
Belief • Cachet & Compassion • Urbane
Golem • Fortitudo • Temperantia • Iustitia • Sapientia • Father Balder • Jeanne • Jubileus the Creator •
Belief • Gomorrah • Valiance • Masked Lumen
Gomorrah • Malphas • Hekatoncheir • Scolopendra • Phantasmaraneae • Little Devils • Little King Zero • Madama Butterfly • Madama Styx • Queen Sheba